Keeping its commitment to Vision Zero, a world with zero road crashes, zero fatalities, and zero injuries, Continental has added a new assembly line to manufacture airbag control units (ACUs) at its Central Electronics Plant in Bangalore.
Dr Bernhard Klumpp, Head of Continental’s Passive Safety & Sensorics business unit, remarked: “The adoption of safety technologies in India is on the rise. Two of the factors driving this are government-regulated safety norms and growing awareness among consumers. Vision Zero is ambitious, but we are guiding the world of mobility towards it with our cutting-edge safety technologies. Our localization strategy ensures that our technologies are affordable in local markets, consequently achieving a fundamental level of safety.”
Prashanth Doreswamy, Market Head of Continental India and Managing Director of Continental Automotive India, added: “We are continuing to invest in India to support its growing market. With the increase in safety awareness and legislative norms in India, demand for safety technologies is at an all-time high. Continental is prepared to address this need. We are fully committed to making mobility safer in India, and to supporting OEMs in adopting technologies efficiently.”
Each version of Continental’s Airbag Control Unit is based on a modular safety platform called SPEED (Safety Platform for Efficient & Economical Design), which is scalable, flexible, and cost optimised via modular building blocks. With its basic functions and integration option of additional safety functions, it is designed to meet all market requirements. The basic version supports basic passive safety functions and therefore is suited to rising demand for cost-effective safety features, such front and side airbags and belt pre-tensioners, in emerging markets. Additional safety functions such as Vehicle Dynamics Sensing, Rollover Detection, and Event Data Recording can be integrated within the modular concept, the company said.